Publicness in the contemporary museum

Project fot the new MHKA

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The focal point of this graduation project revolves around the design and implementation of a new structure for the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerp (MHKA) in the Flemish region of Belgium. Founded in 1985, this public institution is set for relocation to the site of the forthcoming demolition of the Court of Appeal in the Zuid district of the city, situated adjacent to the historic docks. Aligned to its multifaceted role as a publicly funded institution the project has to bridge the guvernamental desire to stablish it as an international flemish museum without lossing its identity and origins in the ICC. The brief presents a complex array of contrasting notions that demand careful consideration and thoughtful resolution in a physical embodiment that will transforms the city’s skyline

Thus, the new building investigates an approach that challenges the common formality and rigidity of art institutions without neglecting the required technical specifications of a museum. As a result, it questions how social, cultural and economical dynamics can interlace the principles of the modern museum that cater to the handling of art, in order to cater to the contemporary art museum and foster public spaces for social interaction.